View Full Version : Apongeton Bulbs -- Growing properly?

01-14-2009, 10:16 PM

Here is a pic of an apongeton bulb that i planted maybe 2 weeks ago.
Seems to be growing very slowly and was wondering if somebody could let me know if they think it looks like its growing right, or not. Thanks!

01-14-2009, 11:19 PM
It looks like it is not growing at all.

01-15-2009, 02:29 AM
Patience, they sometimes take weeks before they will sprout. Once they do, growth is usually pretty rapid. I plant them sideways to make sure the crown isn't buried...

01-15-2009, 03:36 AM
Agreed. I've used those bulbs before and they do take a while to get started, I'd seen them take as much as 4-6 weeks to get started, but once they get growing watch out, they get big.

01-16-2009, 01:51 PM
I 'planted' mine 5 days ago, nothing yet either. Planted 3 out of 9 of them.

01-26-2009, 08:02 AM
ok. My apongoeton growth has completely taken off! The plants have grown to the height of my entire tank in less than 3 days. There is one stalk in the off to the side, that looks like it is one of those things that will turn into the seeds or whatever.. sould i just break off the end, or do i need to cut that whole thing off?

01-26-2009, 08:31 AM
That's a flower stalk. Tell is the color of the flowers so we can tell you the species you have. And don't worry about the seeds; fish find them very tasty.


01-26-2009, 08:50 AM
That's a flower stalk. Tell is the color of the flowers so we can tell you the species you have. And don't worry about the seeds; fish find them very tasty.


i read somehwere that if you let the apongeoton seed that it ends up dying or looking shitty or something. is this untrue? And yes.. i will post what color the seeds are when they some out to ID what kind it is.

Any pruning advise? Can i just cut them wherever? Been growing for a week and already outgrown my tank pretty much..lol

01-26-2009, 09:02 AM
Aponogetons developed in waters that dry up during the dry season in their native climes, thus they need a rest period like they get in nature, where the plant starts putting out smaller and smaller leaves, then stops leaf production. The leaves die, but the plant doesn't. Depending on the species, it can be two to four months before the plant comes out of it's rest period and grows like mad again.

It used to be you had to take out the bulb and put it on cool, wet sand and in a dark closet for the months, but as pretty much all available now days are man-made cultivars, it isn't necessary.

Pruning it will kill the plant. You'll be able to enjoy that plant for months. Just leave the bulb where it is when the plant goes into it's rest period as though it isn't shooting out leaves, it is feeding itself through it's roots, storing the energy for leaf and reproduction in it's bulb.


01-26-2009, 08:53 PM
Thanks for your input Dave! thumbs2:

Here are some pics of my plant. What type of Apongeton is it?
Ok.. so i will leave the little seed thing there, correct?
And would it hurt to prune back the leaves, because as you can see, it is pretty much outgrowing my tank.. lol

1 more thing.. if i were to cut a leave off the plant, and stick the end of it in my gravel.. would a whole new plant grow? Im asking this because i also have an aquarium at school and wanted to get one of these plants in there too, becuase they get big and look A LOT better than the fakes ones.. lol.


01-26-2009, 11:05 PM
Aponogetums tend to grow from bulbs, and usually produce new ones along side the parent plant given proper conditions for growth.